The 2010 Audie Nominees

The nominations for the 2010 Audies have just been announced. The Audies recognise excellence in audio book production and this list is a fantastic place to look for the best books to listen to.

There are 27 different categories, so I recommend that you spend time browsing the lists of all the 2010 Audie nominees, but I have listed the categories I am most interested in here: 


Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry, narrated by Pam Turlow
Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup, narrated by Christopher Simpson
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, narrated by Joe Barrett
The Help by Kathryn Stockett, narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell
The Pigman by Paul Zindel, narrated by Eden Riegel and Charlie McWade


Come Sunday by Isla Morley, narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie
Good-Bye and Amen by Beth Gutcheon, narrated by Joyce Bean
The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott, narrated by Simon Prebble
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Simon Slater

I have heard wonderful things about The Help on audio, but I’m not aware of anyone who has listened to any of the other nominees.

Have you listened to any of the above books?

Which of the books appeals to you most?

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  1. I have listened to The Help and it was wonderful. They used different narrators for each character. All of them were excellent. I haven’t listened to any other the others. I kind of wonder how Wolf Hall would read in audio. It was a book I really had to concentrate to keep all of the “he”s straight. I’m not sure that one would work well for me. I would be interested to know what others think about that.

    1. Jackie says:

      Literate Housewife, Wolf Hall on audio intrigues me too. I really struggled with the text, so might keep an eye out for the audio version. Hopefully my library will get a copy one day.

  2. Tammy says:

    Oh yay! I’m happy to hear about The Elegance of the Hedgehog being on the list. I’m starting it today. It’s the audio book of the month on itunes right now so it’s only 6.95!

    1. Jackie says:

      Tammy, Thank you for commenting on my blog for the first time! Thanks for letting us know about the special offer – that is great advise for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Sandy says:

    I’ve listened to both Simon Prebble and Barbara Rosenblatt, and they are both absolutely amazing narrators! However, I haven’t listened to any of these books! I’ve written them all down, and when I run out of audio ideas, this is where I’m going to turn!

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, The audies is always my first port of call if I need audio book recommendations. I haven’t had a bad one yet! I look forward to seeing what you think of these, as I’m sure you’ll get round to them before me!

  4. Not listened to any of those. Would be tempted to try Wolf Hall on audio though…

    1. Jackie says:

      anothercookiecrumbles, Yes, I’d love to know if it makes more sense on audio, or whether I’d get just as frustrated with it. I hope someone who has listened to it will let us know soon.

  5. Bellezza says:

    This is a new award to me; I can just imagine how wonderful the Elegance of The Hedgehog would be to listen to, as well as The Bonfire of The Vanities. Thanks for telling us (me!).

    1. Jackie says:

      Bellezza, I haven’t heard of The Bonfire of Vanities before, so am interested that you called it out. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the audies – so many wonderful suggestions!

  6. JoAnn says:

    The Help is the only one I’ve listened to but, as I’ve said before, it was my favorite last year. I’m looking forward to browsing the nominees is the rest of the categories….Audie nominees rarely disappoint!

    1. Jackie says:

      JoAnn, I haven’t found a disappointing nominee yet. Hopefully that will continue to be the case. Enjoy your browsing!

  7. Samantha says:

    I have only recently started to listen to audio books so this award and its list of nominations will now be a good source for recommendations. I wonder how many hours it takes to listen to Wolf Hall – it is such a doorstopper!

    1. Jackie says:

      Samantha, Lezlie kindly let us know that Wolf Hall is 23 hours long. I am really surprised about that, as I’d have thought it was much longer.

  8. Lezlie says:

    I listened to Wolf Hall and thought it was great! It was a little tough keeping all the “he” references straight, but I don’t think I had much more difficulty than it seems people reading the physical book did. The reader was great!

    Samantha ~ It was 23 hours long, and great for a couple weeks of a long commute. :-)


    1. Jackie says:

      Lezlie, Sorry to hear that all the ‘he’ references are still confusing in the audio version. I had hoped it would make it a bit clearer. I’m tempted to get a copy as soon as my library gets it in.

  9. I haven’t listened to any of them. I’m most intrigued by The Help, Come Sunday and The Pigman. I would probably look for The Pigman first because I remember loving it when I read it in middle school or high school.

    1. Jackie says:

      Kathy, I missed out on the Pigman as a child. Perhaps I should seek it out too.

  10. Stephanie says:

    I haven’t listened to any of the audiobooks you mentioned, but I heard that The Help was fantastic on audio too.

  11. Beth F says:

    I would listen to anything read by Barbara Rosenblatt!

    Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson, narrated by Jeannie Stith
    (Brilliance Audio) is up and it was one of top listens for the year last year. So worth your time.

    1. Beth F says:

      Oh Simon Prebble is also a great narrator.

    2. Jackie says:

      Beth, Wintergirls is on my audio wishlist, but it hasn’t made it to my library collection yet. One day I’m going to have to spend lots of money on audio books.

  12. Andi says:

    I haven’t listened to any of these, but you reminded me of some titles I need to put on my library list. Yay!

    1. Jackie says:

      Andi, I hope your library is better than mine and actually has some of them in stock! Enjoy!

  13. Hema says:

    Jackie, love all the information available on your site (like the posts for beginner bloggers etc.), in addition to the book recommendations. I’m going to keep coming back to add some of those to my to-read list. Looks like we have some common themes in the books we read. Feel free to visit my blog (and the “Books-For-Young-At-Heart” page in the site).

    1. Jackie says:

      Hema, Thank you for the kind words. I look forward to sharing book recommendations with you in the future.

  14. Kathleen says:

    I have tried audio books in the past and they just haven’t worked for me. I’m too much of a visual learner as opposed to an auditory one, I guess. In any case I have a long (1 hour) commute into my office each day/one way so I have been thinking it is time for me to try them once again in the hope that this time they will work for me. I suppose starting with some of these would be good since they are the “best”!

    1. Jackie says:

      Kathleen, 90%+ books don’t work on audio. It is very hard to find ones that are enjoyable without personal recommendations or lists like this. The Audies are a great place to search for fantastic audio books (look in the archives for previous years too) with such a long commute you are the ideal audio book listener. I hope you find an enjoyable one soon.

  15. mel says:

    Jennifer Wiltsie is one if the BEST narrators out there. ‘ Come Sunday’ is a must!

    1. Jackie says:

      mel, I haven’t listened to anything by her yet – I’ll keep my eyes peeled for one of her narrations. Thanks for the recommendations.

  16. Vasilly says:

    I loved The Help on audio! Wolf Hall was great also.

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